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emerging artists. I welcome the infrastructure spending to help the Street Theatre create a performing arts hub in city west, as well as improvements to Strathnairn and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. The retrofitting of the Fitters Workshop is a welcome step for the visual arts and Megalo, but I note that it will result in the loss of a venue with marvellous classical acoustics and it comes on top of the very recent demolition of McGregor Hall.

I am concerned that there remains an unmet need for arts venues, particularly those that are appropriate for performance events, which are easily accessible by public transport and cheap enough to be used by a wide variety of organisations and artists. I hope that the new scoping study on the creation of arts hubs in the ACT will address these wider questions and provide adequate arts venues in coming decades.

I would also like to welcome the review of environmental noise standards, as recommended by the planning committee. I hope this will create more flexibility for small and medium live music events in Canberra.

On heritage, I welcome the capital works projects which are contained in the budget and I hope to see more progress in clearing the massive backlog of applications. Mr Speaker, I look forward to exploring these issues further in the estimates process.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee


MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (5.43): I move:

That the Appropriation Bill 2011-2012 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2011-2012.

And we all look forward to that, Mr Speaker—me the most out of everybody.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Corbell, on behalf of Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Intergovernmental agreements—

List of agreements signed by the ACT Government—As at May 2011.

Heads of Agreement—National Health Reform, dated 13 February 2011.

Multilateral Implementation Plan for the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

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